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STITCHES Midwest 2015 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP5 Basic Edgier Edges
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Materials: 20-30 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a solid, light, or bright color; knitting needles in size recommended on ball band.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT33 Basic Introducing I-cord
What is I-cord, you ask? Only the most versatile cord ever unvented! In this class youâ€™ll learn how to make basic Stockinette stitch I-cord, how to scale it up and down, and how to add color with 1-row stripes. From practical handles and drawstrings to decorative fringe and jewelry, versatile I-cord is a great addition to your knitting toolbox.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 20 yds each in 2 light or bright colors; set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT2 Basic Continental Knitting
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP12 Basic Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.
Sponsored by XRX Books Booth 601.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CC5 Intermediate Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
XT11 Basic Knotting Nuttiness
Cords of all kindsâ€”cast-on, bind-off, crochet chain, I-cord, kumihimo, paracord or just plain super-bulky yarnâ€”can be turned into jewelry, coasters, buttons, and frogs with just a little knotting know-how. In class, you'll learn how to tie zipper sinnets, braid knots, carrick bends, and more using a length of clothesline. You'll go home with a step-by-step reference handout to remind you of which end goes where! Get nutty for knots!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT32 Basic I-cord on the Edge
Edge your knitting as you work it! In class you'll create a swatch with I-cord edges worked at the same time, learn how to turn a corner, execute an I-cord bind-off, and create I-cord button loops. We'll discuss additional ways to edge with I-cord, as well as how to handle gauge considerations. Turn your swatch into a cuff or a coin purse!
Note: Must know how to work a basic stockinette stitch I-cord.
Materials: 20 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT16 Basic Circular from the Inside Out
Are you used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out. Working on double-pointed needles, youâ€™ll learn an easier way to start in the center while knitting a cute coaster (or two!). Weâ€™ll
talk about increase types, as well as their placement for design purposes (spokes, spirals and concentric circles).
Materials: 70 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in light/bright color; 1 set US 7 double-pointed needles; US H hook.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.